In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Albasini wins sprint on second stage of Pais Vasco, Matthews retains lead; Jules wins Circuit Cycliste Sarthe opener; Carpenter, Winder win Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas; Flanders champ Gilbert to skip Paris-Roubaix; Naesen taking aim at Paris-Roubaix; Sinkeldam tapped for Sunweb in Paris-Roubaix; Leopold König unable to race Giro due to injury; Scheldeprijs set to honour Boonen in his final Belgian race; Keagan Girdlestone completes first race as recovery continues to go well; Chris Hoy looking to ride across Antartica; Video: Meet Sarah Hammer; Video: Ride. Run. Play. Episode 1; Video: High Country Charity Ride.
Your Wednesday Daily News Digest
Keagan Girdlestone posted more positive updates to his medical condition, with all signs pointing to a successful return to racing for the New Zealand rider as he continues to recover from a serious crash last June while racing in Italy.
— Keagan Girdlestone (@Keagan_vtc) March 25, 2017
“The good news just keeps on coming,” he wrote on Twitter. “I was penciled in to get surgery on my vocal cord this week, which ran a high risk of hindering my breathing capacity by about 20 percent, which in cycling is massive.
“Turns out by some miracle my body just keeps on producing the goods and healing itself little by little, to the point where surgery can’t benefit my vocal cord anymore!”
Girdlestone had previously written on his blog about the struggles associated with his rehab, detailing the challenges he faced during his recovery and the likelihood of ever racing again very slim. However, four months later the tide has largely changed, and his body has responded well to therapy –in some cases avoiding surgeries that could negatively affect his cycling. He has since participated in his first racing event, Le Race, back in New Zealand with a positive result.
“Physically I am coming back faster than I or anyone could have expected. I’m now starting to race the Elite Series in New Zealand and hoping by next year to make the Commonwealth Games selection (YES, I’m not kidding)! I initially gave myself 2–3 years to get back to the level I once was at, but now I’m not sure if it’ll take that long anymore. I have a long way to go but I know what is required of me, I’ll get there… the question is… Are you a doubter, or a believer?”
Click through to read more at Keagan Girdlestone’s blog.